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Robotics - Reshaping the Manufacturing Sector
The evolution of technology into robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning has drastically improved factory production capabilities and product quality. These machines can be programmed to perform a variety of tasks with superior precision and repetition. Integrating robotics technology into a business may raise the upfront and maintenance costs, but it greatly reduces operational and labor costs.
Today, assembly operations enclose 10 percent of robotics in manufacturing technology. Integrating of assembly robots in the manufacturing sector has reduced operational rates, thereby revolutionizing production lines and computing power. Manufacturing technology employing robotics deliver an enhanced reach, load capacity, speed and performance in a wide variety of intelligent functions. The introduction of sensors has further simplified robotic applications with greater precision and control. These sensing technologies make assembly robots, even more, cost-efficient.
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As the manufacturing landscape evolves, robotics is called upon to carry out tasks faster, smarter and cheaper—robotics is reshaping the manufacturing sector. The new generation of collaborative robots offers a variety of “human” capabilities and traits such as memory, sensing, trainability and finesse with great efficiency and repetition. These robots can be fully automated and controlled by the human workforce, thus influencing the manufacturers and driving global competitiveness. Moving quickly and accurately through the processes, robots can adapt and carry out tasks faster than humans without error.
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With force sensing fast becoming a standard among robots, the need for expensive fixtures and tooling is reduced. A recent survey of manufacturers conducted by PwC indicates almost 59 percent of global manufacturers have integrated robotics into their manufacturing technology. This new phase of manufacturing has piqued the interest of manufacturers of all stripes and even the firms outside traditional industrial manufacturing have begun to adopt robotics.
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